Matthew J. Butler, Ph.D.

Biometrician/Wildlife Biologist
Regional Office – Albuquerque, NM
Phone: 505-248-6629
Email: matthew_butler at fws.gov

“Wildlife Management is not about an individual member of the population but the population since the population is the renewable natural resource.”

 

 

Education:
Ph.D., 2006, Texas Tech University, Wildlife Science
M.S., 2001, University of Arkansas­–Monticello, Forest Resources (Wildlife Ecology)
B.S., 1999, Arkansas Tech University, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology

Scientific Interests:

distance sampling, population ecology and dynamics, wildlife demography, Galiform ecology and management, wildlife survey/monitoring techniques, avian ecology and management, wind energy

Previous Position:

Prior to coming to work for the National Wildlife Refuge System, I served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech University.

Publications:

DeVore, R. M., M. J. Butler, M. C. Wallace, S. L. Liley, A. A. Mertz, S. E. Sesnie, and P. S. Gipson.  2016.  Elk resource selection patterns in a semiarid riparian corridor.  Journal of Wildlife Management 80:479–489. get pdf

Jarnevich, C. S., T. R. Holcombe, B. A. Grisham, J. Timmer, C. W. Boal, M. J. Butler, J. Pitman, S. C. Kyle, D. Klute, G. M. Beauprez, A. Janus and W. E. Van Pelt.  2016.  Assessing range-wide habitat suitability for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken.  Avian Conservation and Ecology 11 (1):2.  get pdf

Wulff, S. J., M. J. Butler, W. B. Ballard.  2016.  Assessment of diurnal wind turbine collision risk for grassland birds on the Southern Great Plains.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 7:in press. get pdf

Butler, M. J., B. N. Strobel, and C. Eichhorn. 2016. Whooping crane winter abundance survey protocol: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Version 1.1.  Survey Identification Number: FF02RTAR00-002.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austwell, Texas, USA. get pdf

Harris, G., J. G. Sanderson, J. Erz, S. E. Lehnen, and M. J. Butler. 2015. Weather and prey predict mammals’ visitation to water. PLoS ONE 10:e0141355. get pdf

Taylor, L. N., L. P. Ketzler, D. Rousseau, B. N. Strobel, K. L. Metzger, and M. J. Butler. 2015. Observations of whooping cranes during winter aerial surveys: 1950–2011. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austwell, Texas, USA. get pdf and data

Butler, M. J., K. L. Metzger, and G. Harris. 2014. Whooping crane demographic responses to winter drought focus conservation strategies.  Biological Conservation 179:72–85. get pdf

Butler, M. J., B. N. Strobel, and C. Eichhorn. 2014. Whooping crane winter abundance survey protocol: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Survey Identification Number: FF02RTAR00-002.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Austwell, Texas, USA. get pdf

Strobel, B. N., and M. J. Butler.  2014.  Monitoring whooping crane abundance using aerial surveys: influences on detectability.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 38(1):188–195. get pdf

Timmer, J. M., M. J. Butler, W. B. Ballard, C. W. Boal, and H. A. Whitlaw.  2014.  Spatially explicit modeling of lesser prairie-chicken lek density in Texas.  Journal of Wildlife Management 78(1):142–152. get pdf

Butler, M. J., G. Harris, and B. N. Strobel. 2013. Influence of whooping crane population dynamics on its recovery and management. Biological Conservation 162:89–99. get pdf

Harris, G., S. Farley, G. J. Russell, M. J. Butler, and J. Selinger.  2013.  Sampling designs matching species biology produce accurate and affordable abundance indices.  PeerJ 1:e227. get pdf

Timmer, J. M., M. J. Butler, W. B. Ballard, C. W. Boal, and H. A. Whitlaw.  2013.  Abundnace and density of lesser prairie-chickens and leks in Texas.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 37(4):741–749. get pdf

McKenzie-Dameron, S.L., M.C. Wallace, W.B. Ballard, M.J. Butler, D.C. Ruthven III, P. Alcumbrac, R.M. Swearingin, and R.N. Walker.  2012.  Survival, behavior, and physical effects of surgically implanted radiotransmitters on Rio Grande wild turkey poults.  National Wild Turkey Symposium Proceedings 10:111–118. get pdf

Swearingin, R.M., M.C. Wallace, W.B. Ballard, M.J. Butler, R.S. Phillips, R.N. Walker, S.L. McKenzie-Damron, and D.C. Ruthven III.  2012.  Chronology of Rio Grande wild turkey flocking behavior in the Texas Rolling Plains.  National Wild Turkey Symposium Proceedings 10:243–249. get pdf

Swearingin, R.M., M.J. Butler, W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, R.S. Phillips, R.N. Walker, S.L. McKenzie-Damron, and D.C. Ruthven III.  2012.  Rio Grande wild turkey winter roost characteristics on the Texas Rolling Plains.  National Wild Turkey Symposium Proceedings 10:251–263. get pdf

Butler, M.J., B.A. Collier, R.D. Holt, W.B. Ballard, M.J. Peterson, N.J. Silvy, and M.C. Wallace. 2011. Retention of butt-end aluminum leg bands by wild turkeys. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(8):1807–1811. get pdf

Guthrie, J.D., M. Byrne, J.B. Hardin, C.O. Kochanny, K. Skow, T. Snelgrove, M.J. Butler, M.J. Peterson, M.J. Chamberlain, and B.A. Collier. 2011. Evaluation of a global positioning system backpack transmitter for wild turkey research. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(3):539–547. get pdf

McRoberts, J.T., M.J. Butler, W.B. Ballard, H.A. Whitlaw, D.A. Haukos, and M.C. Wallace. 2011. Detectability of lesser prairie-chicken leks: a comparison of surveys from aircraft. Journal of Wildlife Management 75(4):771–778. get pdf

McRoberts, J.T., M.J. Butler, W.B. Ballard, H.A. Whitlaw, D.A. Haukos, and M.C. Wallace. 2011. Behavioral response of lesser prairie-chickens on leks to aerial surveys. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35(1):27–31. get pdf

Butler, M.J., W.B. Ballard, R.D. Holt, and H.A. Whitlaw. 2010. Sound intensity of booming in lesser prairie-chickens. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(5):1160–1162. get pdf

Erxleben, D.R., M.J. Butler, W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, M.J. Peterson, N.J. Silvy, W.P. Kuvlesky Jr., D.G. Hewitt, S.J. DeMaso, J.B. Hardin, and M.K. Dominguez-Brazil. 2011. Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) association to roads: implications for distance sampling. European Journal of Wildlife Research 57(1):57–65. get pdf

Erxleben, D.R., M.J. Butler, W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, J.B. Hardin, and S.J. DeMaso. 2010. Encounter Rates from road-based surveys of Rio Grande wild turkeys in Texas. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(5):1134–1140. get pdf

Haskell, S.P., D.A. Butler, W.B. Ballard, M.J. Butler, M.C. Wallace, and M.H. Humphrey.  2010.  Deer density estimation in west-central Texas: old versus new ground techniques with mark-resight as a comparative baseline.  Pages 30–47 in B.E. Watkins, editor.  Proceedings of the 7th Western States and Provinces Deer and Elk Workshop–2007.  Colorado Division of Wildlife, Denver, USA. get pdf

Holt, R.D., M.J. Butler, W.B. Ballard, C.A. Kukal, and H.A. Whitlaw. 2010. Disturbance of lekking lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) by ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus). Western North American Naturalist 70(2):241–244. get pdf

McRoberts, J.T., W.B. Ballard, M.J. Butler, H.A. Whitlaw, K. Boydston, and A.H. Swift. 2009. Lesser prairie chicken conservation and wind development in the Texas Panhandle: a case for proactive wildlife management. Pages 74–76 in S. Savitt Schwartz, editor. Proceedings of the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Wind Wildlife Research Meeting VII. October 28–29, 2008, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. get pdf

Butler, M.J., and P.A. Tappe. 2008. Relationships of red-cockaded woodpecker reproduction and foraging habitat characteristics in Arkansas and Louisiana. European Journal of Wildlife Research 54(4):601–608. get pdf

Butler, M.J., W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, and S.J. DeMaso. 2008. Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) detectability from helicopters and ramifications for estimating abundance. European Journal of Wildlife Research 54(1):148–152. get pdf

Brunjes, J.H., IV, W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, R.S. Phillips, D.P. Holdstock, B.L. Spears, M.J. Butler, M.S. Miller, N.E. McIntyre, S.J. DeMaso, R.D. Applegate, and P.S. Gipson.  2007.  Patterns of capture-related mortality in Rio Grande wild turkeys.  National Wild Turkey Symposium Proceedings 9:75–81. get pdf

Butler, M.J., W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, and S.J. DeMaso. 2007. Road-based surveys for estimating wild turkey density in the Texas Rolling Plains. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(5):1646–1653. get pdf

Butler, M.J., W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, S.J. DeMaso, and B.K. McGee. 2007. Aerial surveys for estimating wild turkey abundance in the Texas Rolling Plains. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(5):1639–1645. get pdf

Butler, M.J., G.I. Hall, W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, R.S. Phillips, J.H. Brunjes, R.T. Huffman, R.L. Houchin, J.C. Bullock, S.J. DeMaso, R.D. Applegate, and M.C. Frisbie.  2007.  Utility of poult-hen counts to index productivity of Rio Grande wild turkeys.  National Wild Turkey Symposium Proceedings 9:159–168. get pdf

Hall, G.I., M.C. Wallace, W.B. Ballard, D.C. Ruthven III, M.J. Butler, R.L. Houchin, R.T. Huffman, R.S. Phillips, and R.D. Applegate. 2007. Rio Grande wild turkey habitat selection in the Southern Great Plains. Journal of Wildlife Management 71(8):2583–2591. get pdf

Butler, M.J., W.B. Ballard, M.C. Wallace, S.J. DeMaso, and R.D. Applegate.  2006.  Comparing techniques for counting Rio Grande wild turkeys at winter roosts.  Pages 112–117 in J.W. Cain III and P.R. Krausman, editors.  Managing wildlife in the southwest: new challenges for the 21st century.  The Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society, 9–11 August 2005, Alpine, Texas, USA. get pdf

Butler, M.J., W.B. Ballard, and H.A. Whitlaw. 2006. Physical characteristics, hematology, and serum chemistry of free-ranging gray wolves in south-central Alaska. The Canadian Field-Naturalist 120(2):205–212. get pdf

Hall, G.I., M.J. Butler, M.C. Wallace, W.B. Ballard, D.C. Ruthven III, R.L. Houchin, R.T. Huffman, R.S. Phillips, and R.D. Applegate.  2006.  Rio Grande wild turkey home ranges in the Southern Great Plains.  Proceedings of the Annual Conference of Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 60:36–42. get pdf

McGee, B.K., M.J. Butler, D.B. Pence, J.L. Alexander, J.B. Nissen, W.B. Ballard, and K.L. Nicholson. 2006. Possible vector dissemination by swift foxes following a plague epizootic in black-tailed prairie dogs in northwestern Texas. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42(2):415–420. get pdf

McGee, B.K., K.L. Nicholson, W.B. Ballard, and M.J. Butler. 2006. Characteristics of swift fox dens in northwest Texas. Western North American Naturalist 66(2):239–245. get pdf

Butler, M.J., M.C. Wallace, W.B. Ballard, S.J. DeMaso, and R.D. Applegate. 2005. From the field: the relationship of Rio Grande wild turkey distributions to roads. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33(2):745–748. get pdf

McGee, B.K., M.J. Butler, M.C. Wallace, W.B. Ballard, and K.L. Nicholson. 2005. From the field: a comparison of survey techniques for swift fox pups. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33(3):1169–1173. get pdf

Butler, M.J., A.P. Teaschner, W.B. Ballard, and B.K. McGee. 2005. Wildlife ranching in North America: arguments, issues, and perspectives. Wildlife Society Bulletin 33(1):381–389. get pdf

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